In the NROTC program and Naval Services, how does training for women differ from that of the men?

It is nearly identical.  The physical fitness standards are different for women in both the Navy and Marine Corps.  The other difference is that not all warfare communities and Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) are open to females.  For example, in the Navy females can pursue any warfare community (Surface, Submarine, Aviation, or Explosive Ordinance Disposal) with the exception of Special Warfare – SEALs.  In the Marine Corps females can pursue any MOS with the exception of the combat arms specialties (infantry, reconnaissance, tanks, artillery, etc…), although the Marine Corps is implementing a pilot program to open these communities to females as well.  

If I already have some college credits, or if I attend summer school, can I graduate and be commissioned in less than four years?

Yes, in most cases, you can.  If you are not enrolled in the program, then you are only allowed to have 30 credit hours total to enroll.  Unfortunately, even if you do not plan to utilize those credit hours towards your degree, they are still a disqualifying factor.  If you are already enrolled in the program, as long as you plan ahead and complete all of your academic requirements, you should do fine.  For more information, please consult your class advisor.

Do I have to major in some particular subject if I join the NROTC?

It depends.  In an increasingly technical Navy, scholarship preference is now given to students who major in technical fields (Tier 1 and 2 majors), with 85% of all scholarships going to those students.  Additionally, scholarships are awarded to a specified tier, and in order to maintain your scholarship eligibility you need to maintain a major within that tier.  Students who wish to change tiers must have prior approval from the Commanding Officer or Naval Service Training Command as appropriate (see below).  College Program students can enter the program with any major, but if awarded a scholarship it will be for a specific tier. 

Would I be allowed to change my major once I am in the NROTC program?

Due to the tier system that the Navy recently implemented, all majors fall into one of three tiers:

  • Tier 1 encompasses all technical engineering majors, such as mechanical and electrical engineering.
  • Tier 2 contains the physical and life sciences, as well as mathematics.
  • Tier 3 contains all other majors, including languages, the humanities, and social sciences.

If you wish to change your major within or up a tier (e.g., from Tier 3 to Tier 2), you may do so with approval from the Commanding Officer of the Unit.  If you wish change to move down a tier (e.g., Tier 1 to Tier 2, etc.) you must first obtain the approval of Naval Service Training Command (NSTC).

How does the Marine training differ from Navy training?

In most respects, it is the same.  Marine Option students are not required to take calculus and physics courses, but are required to attend one extra physical training (PT) session every week that is geared specifically towards Marine Option students.  They also take different Naval Science courses and participate in the Officer Candidate School (OCS) training program at Quantico, Virginia in their junior and senior years. While they are guided by the Navy instructors, they are more heavily guided in their development by our Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) and our Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI).  Finally, upon graduation they are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Who teaches the Naval Science courses?

The NROTC staff is composed of active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers and enlisted personnel.  The Naval Science courses are instructed by the staff officers. These same officers will double as your NROTC class advisors, providing guidance and assistance as necessary, in your academic and military pursuits.

What academic standards are there for NROTC Scholarship and College Program midshipmen?

Scholarship and College Program midshipmen must maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale, have no failing grades in any subject required for their major or commissioning, progress on a prescribed timeline for graduation, and have a full academic load every semester.

What NROTC classes should I register in?

New NROTC students should ensure that they register for the applicable Naval Science class for their year (ask your advisor about this) as well as the Naval Science Lab.

What are the specific courses that I must take if I join the NROTC program that I wouldn't otherwise have to take?

NROTC students take, on average, two Naval Science courses per year, one each in the fall and spring semesters.  All scholarship students (both Navy and Marine Option) must take one semester of American Military History/National Security Policy and one semester of Cultural Awareness.  All Navy Option students are also required to take one year of English (grammar and composition), one year of Calculus (by the end of sophomore year) and one year of Physics (by the end of junior year).  The NROTC Unit provides professional tutoring in calculus and physics for those students who need help with these difficult subjects.  Additionally, the Unit will accept some AP credit for all academic requirements if these credits appear on the Yale transcript. 

Are NROTC midshipmen housed together on campus?

No.  Each student makes their own accommodations for housing.  They generally live with the rest of the Yale student body in the residential colleges, in the Freshmen housing, or off campus as they and the University deem fit.